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How Does cPanel Web Hosting Operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...